Review: The Vampire Diaries - Haunted
by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 30th 2009 3:12PM
(S01E07) "So she's a vampire with issues?" - Elena to Stefan about Vicki
Well! In case you haven't watched this week's episode yet, I'll save the big spoiler for after the jump. Suffice to say that things are jumping in The Vampire Diaries, and for some characters, that's not necessarily a good thing.
I continue to love the show and look forward to it every week (and was seriously bummed when it wasn't on last week!). In a sea of mediocre new shows (well, mediocre to me anyway), that IS a good thing.
Vicki is dead! As in, really dead, not just vampire dead. That was a pretty intense scene when she started going all crazy on Elena and Jeremy at the Halloween party, but I didn't really expect Stefan to shove a wooden stake through her heart. At that point, it seems like he could have just overpowered her without killing her, but maybe not. Kayla Ewell did a fantastic job of showing the hunger and rage of a newly-made vampire.
In the earlier episodes, I wasn't that into Vicki as a person, but when she became a vampire, I was looking forward to seeing her evolve, so to speak. Now I'm sad that they've killed her off (and I'm guessing she really is killed; a stake through the heart is the real deal for a vampire). Not only that, but it was fun watching Stefan and Damon coach her on what it means to be a vampire, each in their own unique way.
So Damon really has a heart, huh? I love him being deliciously evil and lacking a soul, but I guess you've got to give the character some redeeming qualities. I'm harking back to Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and how he was just evil incarnate at the beginning of his character. Then again, he got a little watered down as the writers let him evolve and get a heart and love Buffy. I hope that doesn't happen with Damon.
But the fact that Damon has a heart will make for interesting interaction between Stefan, Elena and him. With Damon ordering Elena to leave when her wounds were bleeding (so he wouldn't attack her), and then him erasing Jeremy's memories of what happened with Vicki, it will give Elena more of a reason to be torn between Damon and Stefan. At least, it seems like that's where the story is headed. Hard to say.
The witch storyline is interesting, and I loved seeing Jasmine Guy pop up as Bonnie's aunt. She makes a great witch. As far as anyone else knows, she's "just a kooky lady who teaches occult at the university," but we know her family fled Salem in the 1600s, relocated there and lived in secrecy for hundreds of years. And she takes her witchiness seriously, telling Bonnie, "It's not meant to be fun. It's real and it's serious, and you must understand it before you practice it." Something tells me that Bonnie will be having some fun with it, though.
I'll leave you with this:
"She's been cooped up in your room all day. She's not Anne Frank." - Damon to Stefan about Vicki
Your thoughts on this episode? Where do you think things are headed with the witch necklace? And what did you think about what happened when Damon tried taking the necklace? Things could get interesting between Damon and Bonnie.